Saturday, February 25, 2006

Fieldwork in 2003

Project participants might be interested to see some pictures from a previous visit to Bermuda. In July 2003 Emma Dwyer and Barry Devon, then MA students at Bristol University, undertook voluntary work for the Bermuda National Trust. We supervised an archaeology summer camp for local school children and produced a pilot survey of standing buildings and potential sites of archaeological interest in the World Heritage Site of St George's.

We excavated test pits with the children in the grounds of Reeve Court, a Bermuda National Trust property in St George's.

The children were introduced to the methods of stratigraphic excavation and recording. They also washed and marked their finds. You can see some more photos from the 2003 summer camp here

We also produced a database for the Bermuda National Trust, surveying the built archaeological heritage of the town of St George's, and conducting a pilot survey of potential archaeological sites using archive research, map regression and fieldwalking.

This is the Hannibal Lodge in Old Maid's Lane, a listed building within the St George's World Heritage Site.

Our accomodation was in Buckingham, a BNT property in St George's, and on Wednesdays a market would be held in the town for the benefit of the visiting cruiseships.

Gombey dancing is unique to Bermuda and has roots in West African tribal music. It incorporates influences from across the Atlantic; the Caribbean, Native Americans and apparently, the British military.

Souvenir dolls for sale.

Dingy racing is a popular spectator sport; before the construction of road bridges, dingies were used to sail between the islands that make up Bermuda. This race took place in St George's harbour.

The racing dingies are fitted with out-size sails to increase their speed, so a team of six has cram into the vessel to keep it in the water.

It rained once when we were in Bermuda, so I took a photo to prove it!

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Our accommodation will be at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR). The research station was established in 1903, and has been on its present site since the 1920s. The nucleus of the complex is a magnificent Edwardian former hotel, with extensions including state of the art oceanographic laboratories, teaching rooms and a research library. The BBSR also has its own research vessel. More about the history of the BBSR can be found here.

Members of the 2004 field school on the steps in front of the BBSR.

Our accomodation will be self-catering, we will have a flat and a dormitory bedroom in the main 'Wright Hall' part of the complex. The project will cover the costs of basic food, and we will work out the details of this when we get there. An overall map of the BBSR complex can be found here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Welcome to the Bermuda project blog for 2006. This page is initially intended for use by participants in the project, but later on as a wider platform for dissemination of our results.

The fieldwork element of the project will take place from 3rd to 13th April 2006. There are three main aims for fieldwork and research...

1. Excavation at Verdmont House - looking for evidence of the slave quarters
2. Survey of historic shipyards - industrial and maritime archaeology
3. Excavation at Government House - exploring an upper class rubbish heap!

The project is jointly run by the Bermuda National Trust and Ironbridge Archaeology. We are recieving academic and technical support from the University of Bristol (UK) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada).

More information will be posted here shortly.